The city of Philadelphia no longer wants to give rent-free space to the local Boy Scouts of America chapter because they are a discriminatory organization — No gays or atheists are allowed to join the BSA. So the city wants the local BSA chapter to pay the $200,000 in annual rental fees from here on out.
The local group is suing… because… well, I don’t know why. They claim they’re just following orders from the national BSA and they themselves allow gay people in their chapter. You can read about the case here.
In any case, this particular lawsuit deals with discrimination of homosexuals.
They’re ignoring the fact that atheists are also discriminated against.The Freethought Society in Philadelphia wants to draw attention to that particular fact and they’re hosting a rally at the Philadelphia Federal Courthouse on Monday to raise awareness:
The rally will start at 9:00 AM. Rally participants will show that nontheists are nice people who deserve to be given equal access to the world’s largest youth group. The rally will end at 5:00 PM.
“The media and the public are largely unaware that BSA is harming society by teaching children to separate from and discriminate against nontheists and gays,” said FS president, Margaret Downey.
You can read the press release here.
If you’re in the area, consider going, taking pictures, and help people realize that the Boy Scouts of America is not an organization they should want their children to join.